Effect of solar radiation on dairy cattle behaviour , use of shade and body temperature in a pasture-based system

@inproceedings{Tucker2007EffectOS,
  title={Effect of solar radiation on dairy cattle behaviour , use of shade and body temperature in a pasture-based system},
  author={Cassandra B Tucker and Andrea R. Rogers and Karin E. Sch{\"u}tz},
  year={2007}
}
Our aim was to understand how protection from solar radiation influenced the behaviour and physiology of Holstein Friesian dairy cattle. We compared the behaviour and body temperature of pastured dairy cattle kept in 1of 4 treatments: no shade or free access to shade that blocked either 25, 50 or 99% of solar radiation (n = 3 groups per treatment, 3 animals/group). Within each group, cows were categorized as predominantly black, black and white or white in colour (n = 1 of each coat colour per… CONTINUE READING

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